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Early Morning Coyotes

These two wily coyotes could be seen and heard roaming around the 18 hole golf course this week, howling to communicate their location to others. Photo by Jim Ward

Wild Animals Need Help

These eight month old grizzly bear cubs can be seen at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. See page 3. Photo by Paul J. Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com

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Seasonal Paid Parking Is Coming To Estes Park This Summer - What You Need To Know By: Vanessa Solesbee, Parking & Transit Manager Parking in downtown Estes Park will look a little different in 2021. Here is what you need to know to be prepared to make the right parking choice for your trip. Seasonal paid parking will begin on Friday, May 28, 2021 and end on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The following areas will require payment between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily (Monday through Sunday):

Town Hall lot Bond Park on-street parking areas East Riverside lot Riverside lot Virginia lot Wiest lot Post Office lot Tregent lot The parking fee in all paid areas - which represent 30 percent of the total public

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EVFPD firefighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles, allowing for a faster response. On other incidents, firefighters respond to a fire station to respond in department apparatus with specialized equipment. During the week of January 24, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to 10 calls for service. This included: • Emergency medical (assist EPH): 3 • Alarm: 1 • MVC: 3 • Gas Leak: 1 • Fire: 2 Estes Valley Fire www.estesvalleyfire.org

2021 Parking Permits are now available for purchase at www.estes.org/parking. Individuals eligible for permits include downtown residential or rental property owners, those who work downtown, and marked commercial vehicles. Locals and residents (as defined by those who live in the Estes Park School District boundary) are eligible for a free "Locals" pass that will provide the holder with 30 minutes of free parking each day in any of the paid parking areas. The Town has partnered with the Estes Valley Library to host a number of "Parking Office Hours" sessions. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more about seasonal paid parking, has a question, needs help registering for a permit and/or has a concern. Parking Office Hours will be held each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on Feb. 4 and concluding on May 27. Registration information can be found https://estesvalleyliDaily parking fees will not apply to those brary.evanced.info/signup/calendar. Town staff will also be giving a number of predisplaying Americans with Disabilities sentations to community groups and a full (ADA) placards or Disabled Veterans listing of the presentation schedule can be (DV) license plates. A number of spaces found at www.estes.org/parking. will be designated and available at no charge for those visiting Town Hall (on For more information on seasonal paid the Bond Park side, near the Police Deparking, to sign up for an upcoming inforpartment and public restroom entrance) mational session, register for a 2021 parkand the post office. The spaces currently ing permit, or to submit a comment or identified for library patrons will remain question, visit www.estes.org/parking. unchanged and continue to be free. parking supply - will be $2 per hour. The remaining 70 percent of public parking in Estes Park will remain free. Time limits will be removed from all free and paid parking lots. However, time limits will remain in some on-street areas including Moraine Avenue, E. Riverside Drive and W. Elkhorn Avenue. A 2021 parking map is available at www.estes.org/parking and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZuUElcnhZWf6ysORVCQiGnel0GuFR4XX/view .

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On January 26 at 3:33 p.m. officers responded to a verbal disturbance in the 1000 block of Big Thompson Ave. On scene they contacted a 29 year old female from Estes Park who was arrested on a warrant out of Larimer County for failure to appear on a driving while revoked charge. No additional charges were issued from EPPD in this case. On January 29 at 9:53 p.m. police contacted a 60 year old female from Estes Park at North St. Vrain Ave. at Stanley Ave. who was walking in the lane of traffic on Hwy. 36. She was arrested on a warrant out of

Loveland Police Department for trespassing. She was released from EPPD after posting bond. On January 30 at 12:26 a.m. police were called to the 300 block of East Wonderview Ave. where they cited a 17 year old juvenile male from Thornton, CO for trespassing. He was later released. On January 31 at 8:55 a.m. police were called to the 1200 block of Big Thompson Ave. where they arrested a 21 year old male from Centennial, Colorado and charged him with false imprisonment, theft and domestic violence. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail.

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Wild Animal Sanctuary Is Asking For Our Help Calling all loving and compassionate people that would like to help the lions, tigers and other animals living at The Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colbeasts. orado. From the Keenesburg sanctuary, “We The Wild Animal Sanctuary currently currently are in need of towels and blanoperates three facilities within the kets to be donated for use in our animal United States. Two of the sanctuaries are care and medical/veterinary departlocated in Colorado - and one is in ments. Whether they are new or gently Texas. Combined, they encompass a used, we need lots and lots of towels and 10,500-acre network of non-profit sanc- blankets! These get used quite a lot in tuaries with more than 600 rescued liour veterinary hospital to help provide ons, tigers bears, wolves and other large bedding, cleaning, washing, and general carnivores. Sanctuary staff regularly comfort to the animals at a time when travel across America and into foreign they need extra special care.” If you, countries around the world to rescue an- your friends, relatives, or neighbors imals that are suffering. happen to have new or good condition, Lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other captive wildlife are rescued from illegal or abusive situations and then rehabilitated so they can then be released into large acreage natural habitats where they live, roam and play with others of their kind for the rest of their lives. At the EP News, we love Paul J Marcotte the sanctuary and all they Saving one animal may not change the world...But surely, do for these animals in need for that one animal...The world will change forever! and recently learned of a specific way we can help these beautiful clean towels or blankets and want them to go to a really great cause – please feel free to drop them off at the Estes Park News office at 1191 Woodstock Drive. We have a no contact bin in our foyer to collect donations. After February 20, we will deliver the donations to the sanctuary. On behalf of the sanctuary staff and the animals, thank you for your help! For those interested in visiting the sanctuary, it is located at 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO. Go to www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/ for more information on visiting this very special place. Paul J Marcotte

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Good Start For Estes Vaccinations...More Needed In Estes Park, it’s always easy to find tification of vaccine good news. This past week was no ex- distribution is not dependable, leaving ception. Director Beesley to ask me whether Estes is receiving less than its share of Early in the week, Estes Park Health vaccines in favor of big cities with announced receipt of 300 doses of larger voter bases. Covid-19 vaccine. The Town of Estes Park responded by opening the Event Toward that end, I contacted the ofCenter over the weekend, so vaccinafices of Congressman Neguse and U.S. tions could occur there. EPH medical Senator Michael Bennet requesting of staff and volunteers— under the sueach that Estes Park receive a minipervision of EMS Director, Guy mum of 500 vaccine doses each week Beesley— adminuntil everyone is vacciistered doses to nated. I asked for their persons age 70 help with this because, and over who had although Estes Park pre-registered for may be a small town, its vaccination. impact on Colorado and the world is signifiI was there to cant. support, watch and listen. I I reminded them that found people to Estes Park has the highbe positive and est percentage of indicourteous. Calm viduals age 65 and over was the norm. I in Larimer County and was glad to have that in three months, an opportunity to the summer tourist seacompare notes son begins. Nearly five with Guy Beesley. million people from all According to over the world will EMS Director Guy Beesley coordinahim, and other come here. The revenue tor vaccination clinic. health officials they generate benefits with whom I’m talking, holding a vac- all of Colorado. Before then, Estes cine rodeo, like the one at the event must attain herd immunity to protect center, is a complicated and much townspeople, and tourists alike. And needed undertaking. for that to happen Beesley and other health providers must be able to imTo begin with, demand for vaccination exceeds vaccine supplies. Obtaining sufficient doses of the vaccine is a huge challenge. A challenge exacerbated because full vaccination, requires two doses. Of the ten doses in a vial of the vaccine, half of the vials must be kept for followVaccination EPH staff. up vaccinations. A vial expires six hours after opening. plement a systematic vaccination plan immediately. An unopened vial can be refrigerated for up to six months. Do the math. I am very proud of the townspeople Three hundred doses serve 150 recipi- of Estes Park for many ways you’re ents. People vaccinated this past week- curtailing the spread of the pandemic. end will receive a second dose on Feb- I am especially grateful for local ruary 27th. healthcare providers, such as Guy As Director Beesley shared, fully vac- Beesley and his team for their diligent efforts to keep us safe and healthy. cinating a large number people is a When it’s your turn to be vaccinated, complicated undertaking. It involves please join me in offering up a prayer systems, registrations, locations, staffing, and more. Each necessitating of thanks to each and every one who helped you get there and a prayer of advance notification and dependable distribution of vaccines. Currently, no- remembrance for those who came up short of the destination.

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The LWV Of Estes Park Meeting February 17 The February 17th meeting of the one that hasn’t started yet. How we can League of Women Voters of Estes Park be prepared for such an event, and what will be a virtual event starting at 10:00 can we start doing now? a.m. The speaker for this meeting will be Chief Wolf joined the fire service in David Wolf, Fire Chief of the Estes Val2001, starting as a volunteer in Pennsylley Fire Protection District. Chief Wolf vania while completing his B. S. at Alwill be speaking on “Wildfire and the legheny College. He then earned his M. Estes Valley – Living in the Wildland Ur- S. from Washington State University ban Interface.” The meeting is open and Ph. D. from Cornell University, all members of the League as in Geology. While a fullwell as the public. To partime student he served as ticipate in this meeting, a firefighter, officer, techyou must register for the nical rescue specialist, event at https://www.lwvrescue swiftwater swimestespark.org Once regismer, SCUBA diver, and tered, a link to the meetfire instructor. In 2010, ing will be emailed to he moved to Houston, you. Texas to work for an inIn 2020, while dealing ternational oil & gas with a worldwide pancompany as a research demic, Colorado had the scientist and exploration five largest wildfires in geologist. In Texas he the state’s history. Two of served the 600-member those wildfires – Cy-Fair Fire Department David Wolf, Fire Chief Cameron Peak and East as a station officer, board Troublesome – impacted our mountain member, and ultimately managed the town of Estes Park and prompted the department’s fire training program for first valley-wide evacuation of the com350 volunteers. munity. Wildfire is a natural process in Chief Wolf joined Estes Valley Fire this part of the world, so it’s up to us to Protection District in June 2016. He understand it and learn how to safely lives in Estes Park with his wife, live in the wildland urban interface Danielle, and two sons. (WUI). This presentation will provide If you are interested in learning more some background on the recent fires, about the League or joining the League, their management, and discuss the poplease visit our website at tential impacts from these fires to the https://www.lwv-estespark.org or conEstes Valley. More importantly, the prestact us at contactus@lwv-estespark.org entation will discuss the next fire – the

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Bank Of Estes Park Receives Trailblazing Bank Of The Year Award Bank of Estes Park was awarded the Trailblazing Bank of the Year Award by Colorado Lending Source, announced on January 28, 2021. The award was based on the excellence and innovation that Bank of Estes Park has demonstrated in support of its community. Specifically noted were: 1) the bank created a dedicated pool of funds for micro loans for small businesses in Estes Park; 2) the bank created a unique and innovative “Grow Estes” business line of credit to meet the specific seasonal needs of the community’s businesses; 3) the bank collaborated to form innovative joint ventures for SBA PPP loans that resulted in one of the fastest application and funding processes in the nation, including expedited forgiveness, and made these immediately available to all qualified members of the community whether or not they were bank clients; and 4) has consistently demonstrated the willingness and ability to creatively and innovatively meet the needs of its community in a wide vari-

ety of unique ways. The Trailblazing Bank of the Year Award was announced by Colorado Lending Source (CLS) at its annual meeting and awards ceremony. CLS is the state’s largest Certified Development Company (CDC), which notably was recently named by the SBA as the recipient of the 504 CDC of the Year Award during National Small Business Week. Scott Applegate, Chief Credit Officer at the bank commented, “It is incredibly meaningful for a small bank like us to receive an award like this, out of all the banks in Colorado, and especially to receive it from such a prime example of excellence, Colorado Lending Source—it is certainly exciting, humbling, and is an extraordinary honor.” Tim Hull, CEO of Bank of Estes Park noted that “extraordinary results are always the result of extraordinary people making extraordinary efforts—in this case, to support the extraordinary community of Estes Valley.”

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New Food Delivery Service Offered In Estes Park Beginning on February 1st, 2021, Warrior Xpress is partnering with several restaurants in town to bring food delivery services to the Estes Valley. The Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (Estes Park EDC) has been the driving force of the successful implementation of this exciting service along with the help of the Estes Valley Resiliency Committee (EVRC); the EVRC is a team of public, private and nonprofit partners who are working on economic resiliency and overall community health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This group is focused on sharing resources with each other and the community, and on strategizing specific, actionable ways to support a sustainable and more robust economic recovery. The Estes Park EDC and the EVRC have been exploring food delivery options over the past several months, in search of the best rates to make delivery services affordable to restaurant owners.

Since COVID-19 continues to affect indoor dining capacity, Warrior Xpress allows local restaurants to deliver their great food to the comfort and safety of patrons’ homes. There are currently ten participating restaurants, including Inta Juice, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ, Mama Rose’s Restaurant, Poppy’s Pizza & Grill, Peppers Fresh and Fast Mexican Grill, Subway, You Need Pie Diner and Bakery, Nicky’s Steakhouse, Rocky Mountain Deli and La Cocina de Mama Mexican Restaurant. By bringing food delivery services to the community, the economic vitality of the Estes Valley will continue to improve, as it creates additional sources of revenue for restaurant owners. To sign up for delivery service, visit www.warriorxpress.com. Here, you can create an account or download the app on your smart device. To take advantage of free delivery during the month of Februaryjust use the code: FREEWARRIOR upon check out.

Rocky Mountain National Park Implements Federal Mask Requirement For COVID-19 Prevention & Protection To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing the NPS is immediately implementing a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors. At Rocky Mountain National Park, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, parking lots, pull-

offs and overlooks. The public can find information about the requirement on the park website and on signs throughout the park. As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check the park’s website www.nps.gov/romo and social media channels @RockyNPS or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206 for details on operations before they visit. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on NPS.gov. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.


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The Dog House was often the go-to place for tourists immediately upon arriving in Estes Park, especially known for its corn-on-the-cob. Photo courtesy 1951 Estes Park Vacationland

Estes Park Archives Program This Saturday, February 6 February is the month for love, and Estes Park loves its restaurants. All through February, the Estes Park Archives will celebrate local restaurants that became institutions. The first meeting this Saturday, February 6, will be a virtual one, and Saturday noon is also the deadline for answering the following two questions: (1) Of these four long-lived downtown eating establishments - Dog House, Coffee Bar, Plantation, Tony's Pizza - my favorite was _________. (Or, if you had a long-lived downtown favorite you enjoyed more, for example Crowleys or the Dinner Bell, fill in the blank with that restaurant name). (2) My favorite memory or menu item from the restaurant named above was ________. All of the four establishments mentioned above were located downtown or started downtown, and were in business for at least 30 years. So you should keep those "requirements" in mind if you are

providing other suggestions. The Sundeck was beloved by many, but it was located at the edge of town, as was the Dude Drive-In. Coolidge Cafe, now probably on the verge of most folks' memories, was definitely located downtown, but may not have survived 30 years. These guidelines will not be strictly enforced, so if you have fond memories or menus or interesting stories, please share them. The highest vote-getter will be the subject of the in-person program at 240 Moraine Avenue on Saturday, February 13. this program repeating every 30 minutes between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pandemic rules still apply, with only one family or those occupying the same household admitted to the meeting room at any given time, wearing masks. For reservations (not required) or questions, call 970-586-4889. To submit your vote, email EPfavplace@usa.com.

Collections Care At Home Presented By The Estes Park Museum On Friday, February 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (MT) join Estes Park Museum Curator of Collections, Jessica Michak, as she presents tips and tricks to care for your family heirJessica Michak looms, photographs, scrapbooks, and more. No registration is required. Use the following link to participate: zoom.us/j/95355831609. The link can also be found under the "Programs & Events" tab on the Museum's website. Joining 5-10 minutes early is encouraged to ensure participant audio and video is working correctly. Questions about Zoom? Visit the Zoom support page beforehand to better understand this platform as staff is unable to troubleshoot technological questions during the program. This program will be presented in a webinar format, audi-

ence microphones and cameras will be disabled. Jessica Michak has been working in the museum field for over ten years. Jessica earned her B.A. in anthropology and history from Clarion University and her M.A. in public history from Appalachian State University. She has been the Curator of Collections at the Estes Park Museum for almost four years. In that time, she has overseen a complete collections storage move and manages approximately 35,000 artifacts and archival materials in the Museum's collection. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at www.estes.org/museum. For any questions regarding this event or other Museum programming, please email Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun, at mfundaun@estes.org.

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Sheikh. Mette and Kersti. Rose and Halimah. Bidhya and Maia and Tsai and Saara. These are the names of just a few of the women who are part of the team running this world. They are prime ministers of Bangladesh, Denmark, Estonia, Gabon and Singapore. They are presidents of Nepal, Moldova, Taiwan and Namibia. They are Black, brown, Asian, white, gay and straight. And yes, they are all women. “The Women Are Coming” is the name of a YouTube video produced by the Washington Women's Leadership Initiative (WWLI) that introduces us to the remarkable women named above. Watching it gave me goosebumps (or as my friend Ann calls them, duckbumps). The 2.5-minute video celebrates 24 females who are heads of state of their countries. (That’s out of the 193 countries that make up this world. The number of women leaders may have changed slightly since the video was produced.) One by one, photos of women who sit where the buck stops, passed by on the screen and as I watched, I was abashed at how few were familiar to me. Angela Markel? Sure: Chancellor of Germany. Jacinda Ardern? Yes, Prime Minister of New Zealand. But I only know that because I’ve been told we resemble each other so I looked her up. But Prime Minister of Serbia? President of Slovakia? Never heard of them. (Ana Brnabić and Zuzana Čaputová.) The Prime Minister of Greece has a last name that is 15 letters long so even if I had heard of her, I wouldn’t be able to remember how to spell her name (Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Say that fast three times in a row and I’ll give you my place in line for the vaccine—some time in June or there abouts.) More than 70 nations worldwide have had a woman lead their governments in the modern era. Sri Lanka wins the prize. Its citizens elected Sirimavo Bandaranaike as prime minister back in— get this—1960! We are so slow to adapt in this country! We’re still in conflict over what color we are, who we love, and which chromo-

somes we are made up of. While we elect one man after another to lead our country, the rest of the world is moving forward. Some day we’ll join the 21st Century and show the rest of the world we deserve the reputation as the leading Democratic power on Earth. But we’re not there yet. We’ve all probably heard this quote from recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, ‘When there are nine, ’ people are shocked. But there's been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that. ” You go, RGB! Having nine women on the Supreme Court should be as expected and accepted as nine men. Why not? Ask that question to the man sitting next to you: Why not nine women on the Supreme Court? But dominance is not what I wish to see. I simply want balance. Equality. In 2020 almost 24 percent of the United States Congress seats are held by women. As nice as that is, the number should be twice that much; 50 percent minimum. After all, women make up 51.1 percent of the U. S. population. We are making progress. Since the founding of our grand United States of America, it took 141 years for a woman to serve in Congress. Jeannette Rankin was elected to represent Montana in 1917, before women were given the right to vote in 1920 when the 19th Amendment became law. In the last 104 years, 393 women have served as representatives, delegates or senators. Today, 126 women hold seats in the United States Congress, more than ever before, and our vice-president is a woman. The women are coming, yes. But look at the list at the top of this column. Then think about Amanda Gorman, Greta Thunberg, Simone Biles. The women are here! You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2021 Sarah Donohoe

Cooking On High Suggestion Regarding the Cooking On High article from last Friday featuring the slow cooker spinach mushroom tortellini recipe, author Esther A. Cenac reports: “I recently fixed the tortellini recipe and

I found it too salty, even using low sodium soy sauce. Please advise my readers to use low sodium chicken broth and do not salt until after cooking. Thanks.”


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Wildfire Risk Reduction: The Perks Of Fire And Ice By the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition and the Northern Colorado Fireshed Collaborative

You probably aren’t thinking a lot about wildfire these days, unless you’re throwing a log in the woodstove or settling something delicious into your smoker. For now, wildfires are in hibernation. But you may have noticed pockets of flames and some smoke across the snowy landscape around Red Feather Lakes. Fire crews have been busy taking advantage of winter conditions to burn hazardous fuels that were cleared and formed into piles last year. Pile burning is a critical phase in the year-round work of returning our forests to a healthier state, protecting our water supplies, and reducing the risks posed by increasPhoto by Andy Ames of pile burning in the Deer Mountain Area, February 2020. ingly intense wildfires. Striking While the Iron is Cold flames can be seen while the piles burn plish the work and firefighters aren’t The combination of cold days and down and it’s normal to see them burn busy with active wildfires. snow on the ground creates excellent Pile burning is the most common type into the night as temperatures drop. conditions for the safe use of fire. Snow Some Whopping Winter Work– only of project undertaken in cold and snowy can be used as a fire break. Cold air if conditions allow conditions. Also known in fire lingo as keeps flames calmer. Prescribed fires are “slash” piles, they can be as small as a reFirefighters from the Canyon Lakes usually planned for days when breezes frigerator or as large as a house. CondiRanger District of the Roosevelt Naare forecast. A little wind helps move the tions in and around the treatment unit tional Forest plan to take advantage of flames though the project area while and in the air determine when piles are winter snow to burn slash piles from helping to disperse the smoke. The price ignited. Everything is monitored closely multiple fuels reduction and hazardous is right, too. The cost of prescribed fire is throughout the operation until the burn tree removal projects. Burning of these considerably lower than fighting wildis complete. If too much snow melts or piles could take place throughout the fires. It’s even lower in winter when the piles burn too hot for too long, fire upcoming snowy, winter months. Typifewer resources are needed to accomcrews will extinguish them. Smoke and cally, crews are permitted to burn as

many as 250 to 1,000 smaller hand piles a day at each location if conditions are met, which includes a minimum of three inches of snow cover, and one to 40 larger machine piles could be burned a day with a minimum of six inches of snow. These piles are only ignited under certain conditions, including favorable smoke dispersal and adequate snow cover. The areas are monitored after burning is completed. When and where burning occurs depends on the conditions listed above. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations. Areas that could be burned this year around Estes as conditions allow include: • Thompson River 4: 10,500 hand piles General Location: 6 miles east of Estes Park • Thompson River 3: 4,200 hand piles General Location: Hwy. 36 and Lions Gulch Trailhead, near Estes Park, CO • Cedar Park 1: 10,000 hand piles General Location: Hwy. 34 and FSR-128 Storm Mountain Road, near Drake, CO Information is posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Hiking Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

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Inclusion In The Outdoors Virtual Presentations Offered To The Community Len Necefer

On Sunday, February 14, at 7 p.m., listen to Len Necefer. Len is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona and will discuss the history of indigenous people and their ongoing relationship with the environment. In addition, he is the As part of YMCA of the Rockies Mountaineering Month this February, two special guest speakers will take the virtual stage to discuss inclusion in the outdoors. YMCA of the Rockies invites the community to register to attend these virtual keynote sessions on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14. Registration and more information can be found online at ymcarockies.org/mountaineeringweekend. On Saturday, February 13 at 7 p.m., hear from Chelsea Murphy. Chelsea is a Jill of all trades: a hiker, backpacker, amateur activist, writer, community organizer and mother of two adventurous girls. She spends her time promoting diversity in adventure and combating racism in the outdoors. Her mission is to be a representation for Black mothers and children to get outside and break down barriers placed on them by societal biases and stereotypes. She loves to get outdoors in every season celebrating new and adventurous activities. She believes that all humans should have equal access to nature and the great outdoors and wants to help normalize conversations around why that is not currently the case.

founder & CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors. In his spare time, Len is an avid outdoor adventurer using rock and ice climbing, high altitude and ski mountaineering, and bikepacking to convey stories focused on environmental activism and indigenous history. These adventures are documented through his writing and photography, which has been featured in the Alpinist, Outside Magazine, Patagonia’s the Cleanest Line, and various film festivals.


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Calling All Gardeners By: Estes Valley Community Garden Board

The Estes Valley Community Garden still has a few plots open for the 2021 growing season. If you are interested in gardening, you could rent one of our 4’ x 10’ plots and enjoy a harvest of vegetables, small fruits, or flowers in the coming summer.  This season will be the fifth for Estes Valley’s community garden. Each of the past years, we have made investments and added services to improve our garden and make gardening more enjoyable and accessible for our gardeners. Despite the pandemic, 2020 was no exception. During 2020, we were able to make several improvements at the garden, mostly financed through an AARP Community Challenge Grant, one of only four awarded in Colorado. With these funds, six plots were converted from 8” to 34” tall, increasing the total to 18 of these tall plots. These plots are assigned to physically limited gardeners who request them, on a first come, first served basis. A cold-water hand wash station was installed for gardeners to clean up after working in their plots, and to improve sanitation during the pandemic. A green-waste box was built so gardeners no longer have to dispose of their own green waste – weeds, clippings, and other non-food debris. The EVCG is now transporting green waste to the transfer station. The AARP funds were also used to install new entry signs that will be updated as public health guidance changes

while the pandemic continues, and to extend the garden’s drip lines to all common areas. Being an Estes Valley community gardener is about more than gardening. Every year, many gardeners donate part of their fresh produce to Crossroads Ministry’s Food Bank, and several plots are sponsored exclusively to grow for the Food Bank. The Community Garden also provides sponsorships to low-income gardeners, EVICS, and the Estes Park Elementary School Garden Club. In normal times, the Community Garden organizes in-person educational programs and gatherings at the Garden, including some tailored for younger gardeners. Children are always welcome at the Garden with supervision, and it is fun to see families working on their plots together. While in-person programs likely will not be possible this coming season, the Board is making arrangements for virtual orientation and educational programs. If you are interested in joining the Community Garden for the 2021 season, follow the “Get a Plot” link on evcg.org to obtain an application form. For more information about the Estes Valley Community Garden, visit evcg.org or email your questions to the Board at evcg@evcg.org. A short video on four key innovations made in 2020 with the AARP funds can be seen on YouTube under a new Estes Valley Community Garden channel. More information about the AARP Challenge Grant program and other nationwide recipients is available at aarp.org.

Six new tall plots were funded by an AARP Community Challenge Grant. Photo courtesy: Doyle Baker

Community Garden plots in late summer, ready for harvest. Photo courtesy: Jan Pauley


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your soul. Your sense of self and strength is being elevated to a greater level – and that's something that can't be bought. ” We couldn’t agree more! What better way to shake off 2020 than to challenge yourself in 2021? A personal challenge can be a great way to get out of a rut, reach a new goal or just feel better. Whether your challenge is just to walk around our indoor track, swim a few laps, or to start a brand new fitness program with one of our highly qualified personal trainers, the Estes Valley Community Center (The Rec) is ready to help you get started and to support you with your challenge. We have implemented CDC and Larimer County Health Department By: Lisa VonBargen, Marketing and guidelines at the Rec to keep you safe: Communications Manager 1. Touch-free check-in procedure, temWith 2020 in our rear-view mirror, it’s perature check fair to say that it was a challenge. While 2. Mandatory masks we are dealing with the same issues in 2021, it feels like there’s a light at the end 3. Social distancing of the tunnel - that isn’t the oncoming 4. Stringent cleaning and disinfecting train! protocols Webster’s dictionary has a few defini5. Limiting amenities (no water fountions of the word “challenge” that are tains or shared equipment) meaningful right now: 6. Reduced capacity - area occupancy 1. To dispute especially as being unjust, limits invalid or outmoded. 7. Encouraging non-peak hour usage 2. To confront or defy boldly The Rec was recently certified to 3. To arouse or stimulate, especially by “LEVEL UP” status by the Larimer presenting with difficulties County Health Depart-ment, due to our These definitions are meaningful, becleaning and safety protocols, but cause none of them render us helpless. equally in part due to our members’ On the contrary, they all give us the willingness and dedication to cooperate power to dispute, confront, and to be with those guidelines. If you haven’t called to action in a difficult situation. been to the Rec recently, we have added some options that will allow you to test Rachael Newsham is a fitness profesout our facility and programs, such as sional with LesMills™, who commented about her experiences in 2020, “I've had weekly punch passes. a huge injection of strength from the exDue to our “LEVEL UP” status, we periences of the past 12 months and I'm eliminated time slot reservations for the so grateful. I had to tackle some big chal- cardio, weights and gym areas. (Reserlenges, but now they have gone, and in vations are still required for aquatics their wake, I've gained resilience. I'm and group fitness). Peak usage times are wiser and stronger now – and all the bet- before and after work. Why not stop by ter for it. ” during the day and get started with your own personal challenge? We are here for Newsham also proposes that challengyou! For more info on daily and weekly ing yourself is a great way to boost your passes as well as operating hours and self-esteem. “It delivers a sense of achievement that feels like rocket fuel for class schedules, visit evrpd.com.

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Woman’s Club To Meet Via Zoom On February 10 Mayor Wendy Koenig

The Estes Park Woman’s Club will meet at 12 noon via Zoom on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The speaker will be the Estes Park Mayor, Wendy Koenig. Mayor Wendy Koenig is a 50-year Estes Park resident and attended school in Estes Park, graduating in 1973 from Estes Park High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1977 and Master of Science in 1978 from Colorado State University and earned her Doctor of Audiology in 2004 from Central Michigan University. She was a two-time

Olympian in the 1972 Munich Olympics and 1976 Montreal Olympics and her 28year career in track and field exposed her to national and international politics as an athlete, team manager, USA track and field athlete representative and board member, Olympic Committee representative and Olympic Committee Board member. In 1987, Mayor Koenig returned to Estes Park to raise her family and continue working as an audiologist. As an audiologist, she served on legislative committees for business regulation and state conventions. Since her return to Town, she has been involved in many town committees and boards including the Park Hospital District Board of Directors, Senior Center Board, Estes Park Lions Club and the Town Board of Trustees. In April 2020 Mayor Koenig began her four year term as Mayor for the Town of Estes Park. Members will receive a Zoom inviteany questions email EstesParkWomansclub1912@gmail.com.

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Newcomers Club Takes On “Desks For Students” Project Newcomers Community Outreach Initiative Helping Support Our Local Students By: Drew Webb

In the face of a very difficult year we want to thank all our members who stepped up and demonstrated faith in continuing the legacy of the Newcomers Club of Estes Park. Our in-person clubsponsored activities were limited but it provided us the opportunity to introduce and implement community outreach initiatives. These trying times have provided opportunities to reach out to the community to provide some happiness and hope in times like we are facing. As examples: We Believe in Estes Park – In spite of holiday events and activities being cancelled and a decrease in our club funds, Newcomers came together to spread joy and happiness during the holiday season. Newcomers participated in the tree lighting ceremony, Catch the Glow Festival of Lights which was held at the fairgrounds which attracted almost 4,000 vehicles and 15,000 people. Additionally, Newcomers developed holiday videos, answered letters to Santa and supported the activities of the Polar Express. Lots Of Helping Hands – Provides the opportunity for members to volunteer to provide assistance for people in need whether it be meal delivery, rides to appointments, or just drop a line or stop by to say hello and offer support to the family. Trail Ridge Quilters - The Newcomers sponsored two online sales events which made this year’s fundraising activities possible. These online events enabled Trail Ridge Quilters to hold their annual winter and spring sales during the COVID 19 health crisis while observing social distancing. On January 4, the Trail

Ridge Quilters presented a check for $9,000 to the Estes Park Health Foundation. These funds were utilized to immediately purchase important supplies and equipment for Estes Park Health Home Care, Rehab Therapy, EMS Ambulance and the EPHF Coronavirus & Subsequent Emergency Response Fund. In addition the club has offered virtual gatherings for some of our interest groups, such as book clubs, men’s poker, board games, photography and Trivia Tuesdays groups. These groups remain strong and have been meeting via Zoom on a regular basis. Fellow Newcomers members Melissa and Wally Wood were weekly volunteers at the Estes Park Elementary School prior to the COVID crisis. Seeing the challenges and how virtual learning has become so difficult for students, teachers and parents they found a way to contribute to student success at EPES. Melissa became inspired after seeing an article about a person who had downloaded plans from the “Desks for Dads” Facebook page and began building desks for children to use in their homes. Recognizing the need for a designated learning space at home for children they decided to build custom desks for anyone with a need. These desks provide children a workplace of their own where they can sit down and creatively personalize them in their own way. It also gives them a little bit more pride and motivation in wanting to actually do their work. It is difficult for a child to learn remotely when sitting at the dining room table, on the floor or in bed. The goal is to give children a place to get their work done. Response from the community and

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EPES has been overwhelming and very supportive. Feedback from schools and parents indicate the need for children to have a quiet and private place to do homework, draw, read and have time to themselves. This need will remain as back to school learning gradually returns. Investing in children is one of the best things we can do. The dividends last a lifetime, both for the children and our society. If having their own study desk helps, then we’ve done a good thing. Melissa presented a new Community Outreach initiative to the board with the recommendation that Newcomers adopt the student desk program and provide another opportunity for Newcomers to help our community during these trying times. The board voted unanimously to adopt this new initiative to provide desks for students and families in need within the Estes Park School system. Melissa and Walley report their 25th completed desk was delivered last week and a new batch is underway. We think more children will request desks for homework, and with these new COVID strains, school may close again before teachers, students and families get vaccinated. Here's how to get involved: If you would like to build desks, or make a contribution, visit the New-

comer’s website at https://www.estesparknewcomers.org or email your questions to rmwwood@gmail.com which will give you all the information you need to get started. Newcomers members would be responsible for the purchase of the supplies and construction of the desks on an individual basis. The club will fund the initial cost of the supplies for the desks and if you wish, reimburse you for the materials, up to $30 per desk. If you aren't able to build desks but would like to support this Community Outreach effort we are reaching out to our membership and the community asking for donations to help fund this project. Funds received in excess of those needed for this project will support future Community Outreach initiatives. Thank you for you generosity in supporting the student desk project and future programs in which we can continue to support our community.

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CPW Locates, Collars Gray Wolf Spotted In North-Central Colorado “The GPS collar will allow our biologists and wildlife managers to learn more about the travel patterns of wolves that are coming into the state,” said Dan Prenzlow, Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “VHF collars are useful for locating an animal but the more advanced GPS collar will allow us to get a much better understanding of the animal’s movement, range and behaviors.” During the collaring effort, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff maintain watch over gray wolf M2101 after being tranquilized and fitted with CPW-contracted a GPS collar. M2101 has been spotted in north-central Colorado traveling with gray wolf M1084 from company netted Wyoming’s Snake River Pack. the animal from a Colorado Parks and Wildlife has placed was seen with M1084 - a VHF-collared helicopter and used a tranquilizer so that male wolf that entered Colorado in 2019 a collar could be placed. The wolf was a GPS tracking collar on a wolf in the from the Snake River wolf pack in north-central part of the state. The wolf able to get loose from the net and Wyoming. was confirmed in late January when it headed north toward Wyoming. The an-

imal was subdued just inside of the Wyoming state line. At that time, the wolf was collared and staff remained with it until it was alert and mobile. CPW staff notified Wyoming Game and Fish of the operation and the crossing of the border. “We appreciate Wyoming Game and Fish,” Prenzlow said. “I understand this work impacts them and wildlife don’t understand where our dividing boundaries are.” “The newly collared wolf is a four-yearold male weighing approximately 110 pounds,” said Brian Dreher, terrestrial section manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The wolf was given a health exam during the collaring process and appears to be in good health.” In Colorado, gray wolves remain a state endangered species, and may not be taken for any reason other than self-defense. Penalties under C.R.S. 33-6-109, including fines, jail time and/or a loss of license privileges, apply. Colorado voters approved a ballot measure in November 2020 that instructs the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to prepare a plan and reintroduce wolves to western Colorado. To learn more about that process, click on the “Learn about Wolf Management” banner on the CPW website at cpw.state.co.us.


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EVICS Art Gala- Share The Love Virtual Auction And Charcuterie To Go Party

Ann Finley - Poppies

Gala prize basket

Wade Johnston - Elk Dreamer

James Frank - Dawn at Haynach Lake

The EVICS Art Gala is so exciting and the perfect time to celebrate our community. This Friday, February 5th, at 6:00 p.m. you are invited to this virtual Zoom auction event and the chance to win an amazing prize basket. Those who have pre-ordered their charcuterie baskets will enjoy some very special treats! The virtual auction is the place to go where you can bid on local artists’ work as well as experiences and adventures, plus purchase tickets for the prize basket drawing. Simply go to efrc.betterworld.org. To join in the fun virtually this Friday at 6:00 p.m., go to our EVICS website at evics.org and click on the Zoom link:

tinyurl.com/38pyoxr5 Meeting ID: 851 8741 6697 Passcode: evicsgala. See you at the Art Gala! Other news: EVICS is also happy to share with the community that we are offering child development screenings. This Thursday is Family Night (2/4/21). Families with young children are invited to stop by EVICS between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. to pick up their ‘Be My Valentine’ kit. February 25th, our Mothers’ Group meets. Please call EVICS for questions or more information at 970-586-3055. 

Local artist - Wine colored glass blown vase

Dan Marshall - High Drive Black Bear

John Lynch - Handcrafted pecan bowl

Liz Zornes - Maroon Bells

Erik Stensland - Stars Over Bear

Dave Landers - Wood turned bowl

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Five Fun Facts About… The Northern Shoveler By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the northern shoveler. According to the U.S.D.A. Colorado Waterfowl Fact Sheet, the Centennial State is home to 17 different species of ducks. Up to 33 duck species may be observed in Colorado as they migrate through on their spring and fall migration routes. (Colorado contains parts of the Central and Pacific Flyways.) The northern

shoveler is one of those 17 resident species, but their numbers increase substantially in winter. Look for them on Lake Estes in the shallow areas by the bird sanctuary. 1. Just like last week’s mallard, the northern shoveler is part of the group of freshwater ducks called dabblers, which feed in shallow water. 2. Northern shovelers are named for their unique, shovel-shaped bill that is

about two and a half inches long. 3. The bill of the northern shoveler has about 110 fine, comb-like projections, called lamellae, along the edges. These projections strain the water for crustaceans, seeds and aquatic invertebrates when the bird feeds. 4. The global population of northern shovelers is about 4.5million. 5. Northern shovelers sometimes work together in a group while feeding, rotat-

ing like a pinwheel, to stir up food particles in the water. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

A set of three shovelers—two hens and a drake—in flight.

A male shoveler in flight at sunset.

A male northern shoveler has a pretty distinct look when in breeding plumage: vibrant green, iridescent head; white chest; and bold rust and green sides.

A female northern shoveler looks very similar to a female mallard, but you can differentiate the two from the distinct wide bill of the shoveler.

A male northern shoveler, swimming with a couple geese, has a vibrant green head that dulls as it molts in winter.

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Perhaps you read the article on ‘Doom Scrolling’, recently in the Denver paper. It told the story of 43-year-old Scott Zayatz and his battle with depression and anxiety due to being, as he calls it, ‘a news junkie’. He tells about himself, during this pandemic, and political season, ‘hour after hour, scrolling through Twitter and other sites, monitoring the smallest developments’. Little wonder, then, that he has had to increase medications he takes for depression and anxiety. He relates he wishes he could turn off the news and sign off Twitter and go to the gym or fishing, but he can’t avert his gaze. He concludes, ‘I’d miss too much by turning it off. How could I not watch? I need it.” And then, admits that it seems almost like a sickness. I relate Scott’s story because a great many of us can relate to his challenge. We have been so bombarded by negative news and comments by people during this year, and we all have devices that are ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ to share all of those negative developments with us. It is not surprising, therefore, that we have an increase in ‘stinkin thinkin’ resulting in hopelessness, depression, and often resulting in crime, suicide, dysfunctional or broken families, caused by people whose minds have been overwhelmed by the sadness and hopelessness they feel themselves and witness in people all around them. No wonder drug use and abuse is at an all-time high. Zayatz works in the medical profession and watches nurses and other co-workers, as well as many patients, struggle with the virus and not a few succumbing to it. Perhaps you are one of those people who send on emails and other messages of sadness to people on your list, without considering the impact of those on some who, like Scott, find it having a very harmful impact. Let me share some thoughts from Charles Swindoll that speak to this. He writes: “Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray, stay in that mood, and why others that are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Please do not misunderstand. Happiness (like winning) is a matter of right thinking, not intelligence, age, or position. Our performance is directly related to the thoughts we deposit in our memory bank. We can only draw on what we deposit.” He continues: “What kind of performance would your car deliver if every morning, before you went to work, you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in your crankcase? The finetuned engine would soon be coughing and sputtering. Ultimately, it would refuse to start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts about yourself and attitudes that are narrow, destructive, and abrasive produce wear and tear on your mental motor. They send you off the road while others drive past.” The Bible has a lot of good advice about this subject. An Old Testament sage wrote: “As a man thinks in his heart (mind), so is he.” Also, we were told, “Keep your heart (mind) with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” In the New Testament Jesus noted, “Out of the heart (mind) comes all kinds of evil things…our speech and actions…”, so, we must ‘keep our hearts’, we must fill them with good thoughts and ideas, resulting in good actions and hopeful attitudes. The writer, Paul, spelled it out for us in greater detail, when he wrote: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute…let your mind dwell on these things.” Can you imagine the peacefulness and calm that could come into a heart that carefully examines everything it hears, reads, watches on television, Facebook, or Twitter and refuses to dwell on, and discards, everything that fails that test of: True? Honorable? Right? Pure? Lovely? Good repute, or report? Many of us will have to do like Scott Zayatz will have to determine to do, if he wants to lessen those negative things he has shared with us and medicates for. And, please, not only work on taking your focus off those things for yourself, but refuse to pass that on to others. I remember a person who would remind others that his life was like a bucket. If you were ‘dumping’ negative things his way, he would remind you that you were polluting his bucket. If you took advantage of him, that your ‘dipper’ was in his bucket and he resented it. People soon gave him the respect he demanded. We need to do the same. May God help us do it.

Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu February 8 – 12 Monday, Feb 8 Chicken Salad Croissant w/ homemade chips Tuesday, Feb 9 Beef Stroganoff w/ garlic bread & side salad Wednesday, Feb 10 Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich (topped w/ bacon, mushrooms & Swiss cheese) w/ cottage cheese & peaches Thursday, Feb 11 Mexican Platter (beef taco in corn shell, bean burrito topped w/ pork green chili & cheesy quesadilla) w/ refried beans Friday, Feb 12 Tuna Melt Sandwich on English Muffin (topped w/ Swiss cheese) w/ Baked Potato & soup of the day

February 15 – 19 Monday, Feb 15 Tuesday, Feb 16

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich w/ Baked Beans & coleslaw Smothered Chicken (6 oz) (topped w/ mushrooms, green peppers & onions) w/ Roasted Potatoes Wednesday, Feb 17 Eggplant Parmesan w/ Spaghetti, garlic bread & side salad Thursday, Feb 18 Fried Chicken (3 pc) w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & garlic bread Friday, Feb 19 Signature Salad w/ Grilled Shrimp (8) (greens topped w/ tomatoes, corn, cheese, craisins, pecans & croutons) w/ ranch dressing All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Feb 8th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Friday, Feb 5th. For reservations call 970581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at estesparkseniors.org The Center is still closed; no activities. Now is the time to Join/Renew Membership for 2021! Meals-to-Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org

Recognize Those Who “Pack Your Parachute” By: Brian Schaffer

After reviewing our strategic plan that we set in place a few weeks prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, I began to think how much we actually accomplished in spite of the global pandemic. Our mission continued to guide us throughout the year and I believe we’re in a great place to reset the goals we had for 2020 that can be realized afresh in the coming year. Most every healthy organization has a mission statement and Crossroads Ministry is no different. We will continue to practice Christian love by providing basic human services to Estes Valley residents in need. A few days ago I was given a stirring message delivered by the pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church. Within the message he speaks of the mission we have been given by Christ and how we are a blessing to people as we live out our mission in life. And what’s even more incredible to consider is that as we carry out our mission to make an impact in the world around us, there are other people just like us who are carrying out their mission that directly or indirectly impact us. As I thought of the work we do at Crossroads Ministry to fulfill our mission, we are in a way “packing parachutes” for each person who flies in and out of our lives not knowing when the bottom may fall out on them and how a parachute will help them land in a safe place. I use this analogy, because this is part of the story that Father Ryan used in his message about Captain Charles Plumb. Here’s the rest of the story… “Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent

six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and lectured on his experience until his death. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!” “How in the world did you know that? asked Plumb.” “I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.” Plumb couldn’t sleep that night thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?, or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours sailors had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know. As Plumb did on many occasions, he would ask his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also would point out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory—he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello/please/thank you, or congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, or give a compliment/say something nice for no reason at all. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachute.

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A Friendship I lost a friend last month. I hate saying it like that, like I misplaced him or something. He was in my life and now he isn’t because he died and I will miss him. We didn’t get together all that much recently or meet for coffee or even talk on the phone. But I always knew he was out there. I knew if there was some sort of non-profit event he and his wife, also my friend, would be there. Or if I went to Safeway or the farmer’s market I’d probably run into them. I ran into him less this year because of COVID. It was hard not to hug him when we did meet because before COVID I would always come up at him from the side and nestle in under his arm. And this past year I’ve had to do the elbow thing, or kiss the air, or push out kisses with the tips of my fingers, or put my arms out in a kind of a three-quarter circle to symbolize a hug. I swear, once this is over, I will never do those things again. You know when someone laughs at your jokes, how good that feels? I always tried to remember something funny to share with him so he would laugh. He had a great laugh. For many years I dropped off lilacs when they bloomed from my lilac bush in the canyon because he would inhale their fragrance with such delight that it made me happy. When my brother died, I went to his and his wife’s home before I took the long drive to Iowa with only my dog, Spirit, to keep me company. I couldn’t wait to tell them about my son, who I believed had died fifty years ago, coming home to me through the magic of Ancestry.com. And when I met my now husband, Scott, they were two of the people I wanted Scott to meet right away. He is someone I’ve known for a long, long time. You probably saw his amazing and wonderfully written obituary in this very paper. He was on the board of directors of Estes Valley Victim Advocates (now Crisis Advocates) and one of the people who interviewed me to be the director back in the spring of 2000. I got the job and Frank and I worked closely together for years. Early on, we had to drive down to Fort Collins to defend a grant. I picked him up wearing a khaki skirt and a jean shirt and sure enough he came out of his house wearing khaki pants and a jean shirt. We laughed all the way down the canyon about how they’d know the “Estes folk” were there. Later, in 2005 or thereabouts, when we were considering purchasing a building to be used as a safehouse for survivors of domestic violence and their children and soliciting financial help from the state, we ran in to trouble because of an environmental issue. I was ready to pack it in because, well let’s face it, a capitol campaign is hard enough without serious problems with the site. But my friend wasn’t. He found an architect and between them

came up with a plan. They fixed the problem, the state gave us funding, we resumed the campaign, and within three years purchased that building which is still being used to house and protect those in need. Another day, I was looking over a room in our new building that probably started off as a single-car garage or storage room. We were considering making it into another bedroom until I looked up and noticed a kind of a bulge in the middle of the ceiling. Locating an attic door, another board member climbed up and found that for some crazy reason, the previous owners of the house had put tons of loose sand in the attic. Who does something like that? When we opened up the ceiling we saw one of the loadbearing beams had almost broken clean through. A work-day was called quickly and everybody involved in the project showed up. I wish I had the photographs taken of my friend sweating, but grinning in that hot, hot attic. He and others created a wooden chute up there in that small, cramped space and shoveled out tons of sand. During those days he and I were a team living our shared dream of creating a lasting legacy of safety and security for our community. The last project with him took place at his home in 2016. For months, on my lunch break, I would come over and he talked about his life and I listened. At that time, my stewardship of Crisis Advocates was coming to an end. I was “trying out” new ways of supplementing my retirement income. I loved listening to other people’s stories. So, with the purpose of creating an oral history, he and I embarked on a journey through his life. The last day of the project, we were sitting across each other with a large coffee table between us piled high with photo albums, memorabilia and papers. There were so many papers: letters of appreciation, awards and achievements, newsletters and articles. We laughed and drank tea and I learned about the life of the man I admired very much. I learned both he and Donna had to move when I-25 was constructed through Denver. I learned that he met Donna, with the pretty, pink bows in her hair, in 7th grade and that when he was a kid, he love puppets and magic shows. I wrote up his life story and gave it to him and then we kind of forgot about it. Until I read his obituary in the Estes Park News. Frank was my partner in crime. Frank Shavlik was my learned mentor. Franklin Herrell Shavlik was my dear friend. Mary Mesropian has lived in the Estes Park area since 1994. In 2000 she became Executive Director of Estes Valley Crisis Advocates. After she retired from EVCA, she became a Celebrant, officiating weddings and other ceremonies. Her email is maryruthdancer@yahoo.

Congratulations to Ellie Bergsten, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for February 5, 2021. At EPHS Ellie is a member of the swim team, and in the Key Club. She has been inducted into the National Honor Society and has lettered in both academics and swimming for three years. Her favorite class this year is Art because her family is very art-oriented. Outside of school Ellie likes to hike, read and go camping in the summer months. She works at the Estes Valley Library. Ellie’s favorite quote is “Patience is the key to living and living is the key to life” by Lucy Trunnell. Ellie Bergsten After high school Ellie will at12th Grade tend Concordia College and she plans to major in Heritage and Museum studies. Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

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News From The Art Center Of Estes Park

Exhibits: “Meet the New Artists” featuring Lydia Pottoff, John Long and Cheryl Gratias The first show of the season is nearing its end. Join us in celebrating these three very talented artist members and their works in pastel, acrylic and watercolor. If you haven’t viewed them yet, check out the various links listed under social media for their interviews and the Power Point Virtual Tour of the exhibit. Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media. This exhibit closes February 15. New Exhibit Opening: “Mentor/Student Show” February 20 – March 15 This is an exciting and popular Art Center program and an important way for Art Center artists to share their passion for the arts directly with members of the community. Mentors are matched with mentees, of all ages, who want to learn a new medium, and have the chance to work with an experienced artist who shows their work in our lovely, professional gallery.  The annual Mentor/Student show in February is the highlight of the year, giving mentees the opportunity to see their own creations on display in the Art Center Gallery and to learn something about the “art biz” (appropriate framing, pricing, greeting the public, etc) along the way. Opening Weekend Door Prize The public is invite to enter to win a door prize of a photo print donated by the late Bonnie Bowne. Entries will be open from 11 a.m. February 20 until 5 p.m. February 22, at which time a winning name will be drawn and the win-

ner notified. Come by the Art Center or submit an email address and phone number to info@artcenterofestes.com. The Art Center is open 11 a.m. - 5

Group Paint Out – One special event highlighting Albert Bierstadt and one freelance. Wednesday, August 25 Art Turn In Day EVPA artists are to turn in their three main entries and may include 1 nocturne painting plus one miniature and one reserve for a total of five paintings. Artwork may be turned in until 4 p.m. Thursday, August 26 Educational Seminar – Q&A to follow A presentation hosted at Estes Park Museum 7-9 p.m. All artists and the public invited. Friday, August 27 TBD Estes Valley Plein Air-Party EVPA artists are invited to attend an end of the paint out party at the Art Center 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 28 Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Paint & Auction

supporting this project as well. We are joining with others in asking for your donation of any amount to this project. We feel it is an important and uplifting project for our community that we can rally around. This project is a bright light for Estes Park during this dark time we have been living through and will be a true gift to the future. There is a donation form online at: www.earthwoodgalleries.com/ estes-park-womensmonument-project. SOCIAL MEDIA The Art Center can be viewed on our website at www.artcenterofestes.com, on Facebook at Art-Center-of-EstesPark, Instagram at artcenterofep and Twitter at artcenterestes. Link to Power Point Presentation for “Meet the New Artists” 1drv.ms/v/s!AnKj7RoYG0dMgSF1w CcmPLerQ6ZA? e = K7789Q

p.m., Friday through Monday. We follow all health protocols and provide a safe environment to enjoy viewing the art on exhibit with hand sanitizer and gloves available as well as masks for a donation. ESTES VALLEY PLEIN AIR 2021 Looking For Artists The Art Center is happy to announce our plans to host our Estes Valley Plein Air during August of 2021. Entries for this event are open from now through April 4. The following is the proposed schedule of events. There are activities that will need to be determined as we approach the opening of EVPA depending on the status of the pandemic. August 14-24 Estes Valley Plein Air Paint Out EVPA artists paint on location within a 50-mile radius of Estes Park, including Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, August 23 TBD Estes Valley Plein Air – Artist’s Get Together – Nocturne Paint Out 6-10 p.m. EVPA artists are invited to attend a get together party and then go out and paint. Tuesday, August 24

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 28 Estes Valley Plein Air Gala Opening Day Gala Reception, 5-8 p.m. Awards at 6:30 p.m. All artwork is for sale. August 28 – September 25 Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition Art Center 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. All artwork is for sale. Support for the Women’s Monument The Art Center has been a part of the Estes Park Women’s Monument project since the beginning as one of more than 35 individuals and groups who have put in many volunteer hours to define the requirements for this new monument. Two artist teams are competing to get this commission, one of which will be given the commission to complete and install their work. With the Town Council having voted unanimously to endorse and support this project, the Art Center joins in

Links to Lydia Pottoff Interview: youtu.be/qlMKcu5Bj_c fb.watch/2ZO82T98Kk/ Links to John Long Interview: youtu.be/u2y70IlDDX4 fb.watch/31FEAHCXMa/ Links to view Cheryl’s Interview: youtu.be/OfnkD7bUkmM fb.watch/36OT_eT0RC/ The Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization which provides a facility to support the work of local and regional artists, striving to promote exhibition, education, and excellence in the visual arts. Proceeds benefit the artist and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach. The Art Center is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, in Middle Stanley Village, below Safeway and above Subway. For more information, please call the Art Center at 970-586-5882 or visit our website at www.artcenterofestes.com.

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Destructive Wildfires Are Catalyst For Local Nonprofit To Launch Big New Initiative To Protect Big Thompson Water Supplies After years of protection from wildfire, Colorado’s forests have become dense and overgrown, increasing the risk of severe wildfires that threaten water supplies with sedimentation and debris. The Big Thompson watershed’s critical water infrastructure supplies between 40 and 55% of the annual water needs of Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, and it provides water to 30 other towns and cities along the Colorado Front Range. Proactively treating wildfire risk through accelerated forest restoration and stewardship in the watersheds of Northern Colorado is the purpose of the Peaks to People Water Fund and the central strategy of its Big Thompson Initiative. Such forest treatments are not without their own costs, but they are more cost-effective than fighting wildfires once they break out or treating water supplies for excess sediment resulting from wildfires. The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires west of Ft. Collins, with a combined cost of more than $149 million to suppress and more than 1,000 miles of river impacted, emphasize the urgent need for this kind of proactive treatment. “Living in an environment where fire is part of the natural cycle is our reality in Northern Colorado, but Peaks to People and its partners are working to return the forest to a healthy condition that minimizes the intensity of fires when they do strike,” said Alex Castino, Great Outdoors Colorado Land Protection Program Officer. “This allows people and small businesses, plants and animals, waterways and water infrastructure, to bounce back quickly and thrive in this beautiful place we all call home.” Analysis by the Peaks to People Water Fund team has determined that treating just 37,000 acres within the 575,000-acre Big Thompson watershed could reduce 90% of severe fire risk and conserve the forests most important for water supply. Through the Big Thompson Initiative, Peaks to People plans to invest $90 million over the next 10 years to restore our forests to their natural state and reduce the risk of severe wildfires. “The challenge with any non-profit is we can’t do it all. It’s important to use data to drive decisions about where to invest in the watershed for greatest benefit,” said Judy Dorsey, founding president and principal engineer of

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Library Hosting Aarp Tax-Aide Services, With Some Changes By: Don Bryson, Library Coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide

serving the elderly and low income; however, no one is turned away unless their return requires elements outside Last year, AARP tax preparation service halted early due to COVID-19. the scope defined by the IRS or the But it’s a new year, and tax assistance is AARP Foundation. Returns with most back, with changes to keep clients and basic forms of income including selfemployment are permitted. We can volunteers safe. Starting February 10, process itemized deductions and most call or go online to estesvalleylibrary.org to schedule your all credits. Returns not allowed include residential rental income, any initial appointment, then pick up an property depreciation, self-employIntake Packet to be completed by you ment net losses, estate or trust returns, (and spouse). Appointments begin February 16, pending the go-ahead of and out-of-state returns. If you suffered property losses due to 2020 program nationally. wildfires that were not reimbursed, Taxes and COVID-relief: Congress passed several bills to assist claiming those losses is beyond our program’s scope. In these cases, local citizens impacted by the pandemic. If paid tax preparers can help. you faced financial losses due to the Plan for 2 appointments: pandemic, some provisions may beneThis year’s procedure requires two lifit you. The Economic Impact Paybrary appointments, first for an intake ments are part of your tax return, so bring information regarding what you interview to bring your tax documents; the second to review and sign received for both payments. Other federal and state e-file agreements. benefits relate to early withdrawals The new process also requires taxpayfrom retirement accounts and waived ers to sign an agreement leaving all Required Minimum Distributions. If personal data and tax documents with you’re self-employed and your ability our tax preparers. It’s advised that you to work was impaired by personal or family health restrictions, some provi- leave only good legible copies, rather than originals (you can make free sions may help compensate. photocopies at the library). Who is eligible? After scheduling your appointment, The program’s foremost objective is


the intake forms must be picked up at the library in advance. Forms can then be completed at home. The tax volunteers will then schedule your second appointment. While the library operates under COVID-restrictions, both appointments will be brief. What to bring? Taxpayers must bring photo identification, social security number verification, and all necessary official tax documents, plus the most recent prior year’s tax returns for reference. If a tax return was not filed last year, then two years of returns can be created to catch up. In that case, the taxpayer should bring everything needed for both years and the last filed return. The intake documents will include a list of documents you should bring to the first appointment.

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Our Tax-Aide volunteers donate their time each year, not because they love taxes, but because it’s a service so appreciated by our mountain community. Give the library a call or visit estesvalleylibrary.org to sign up for this service, starting February 10.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Closed on Presidents’ Day The library will be closed all day Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library collections are open, with seating limited to a few public computers, due to current social-distancing guidelines. The second floor and all meeting and study rooms are closed for now. Curbside pick-up service and 24/7 outdoor Wi-Fi are available. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Curbside Service by Appointment Place holds in the catalog, then watch for an email notice, and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org.

TAX ASSISTANCE AARP Tax Aide Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program will be helping with tax preparation. The service is especially for seniors and low-income tax filers with basic filing status. Appointments are required, along with Intake Forms to be completed and signed in advance. Beginning February 10, appointments can be made by calling the library or online at estesvalleylibrary.org.

ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY Coming to YouTube: an Evening with Kim Michele Richardson Premiering Friday, February 5. Last Saturday, bestselling author Kim Michele Richardson joined over 200 Estes Valley readers for a discussion of her novel, “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” An encore edition of the presentation was recorded and will be premiering at 9 a.m. on February 5 on the library’s YouTube channel. The video will be available through February 28, with the link at estesvalleylibrary.org. KIDS & FAMILY Preschool and Baby Storytimes Online New each week on YouTube. Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, online each week with new themes. See the upcoming roster at estesvalleylibrary.org and watch previous recordings on the library’s YouTube channel. Spanish Read-Aloud with Gretel Weekly on library’s YouTube channel. Enjoy Spanish-language storybooks read aloud by Outreach Librarian Gretel Bock. Early Childhood Music Workshops On the library’s YouTube channel. Music is a great stimulus for children’s cognitive development. Join local music therapist Nancy Bell for learning inspired through songs, especially for kids ages 0 to 6. Now online.

January is National Mentoring Month Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Partners by joining staff, volunteers, and other potential volunteers in this virtual information session. Learn about the need and importance of mentors in our community, the positive impact mentoring has on local kids, and the ways YOU can get involved! Go to www.facebook.com/PoweredByPartners/events/ for more information.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Seasonal Paid Parking: Virtual Office Hours Thursdays in February, 11 a.m. to noon, via Zoom. Do you have questions about paid parking in 2021? Visit with Matt Eisenberg, GM of The Car Park, who will explain how the payment and permit system will work in 8 of the downtown parking lots this summer. Register at estesvalleylibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2 - 5 p.m., by phone appointment. One-on-one legal advice. For library cardholders who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling

970-586-8116. More information at estesvalleylibrary.org/legalclinic. College Planning One-on-One February appointments available. College planning—from choosing a school to financial aid—is made easier by a one-on-one telephone visit with Kaye Orten, retired Vice Chancellor for Student Financial Services at CUBoulder. Visit the “Book-a-Librarian” link at estesvalleylibrary.org to learn more and schedule an appointment. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). The store is located at 191 W. Riverside Drive. The coffee-table books section is on sale in February: $2 hardcover; $1 paperback, plus tax.

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Salud Family Health Centers Time To Focus On Heart Health Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart diseases. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 U. S. adults already have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, and high blood pressure diagnoses among young people are on the rise as well. Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are mostly defined by lifestyle choices, but there are some other factors, such as family history, age, race, or sex that are out of your control. In addition, diabetes has also been tied to an increased risk for heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your risk: • Watch your weight

• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation • Get active and eat healthy It's important to know your risk of developing heart disease. When you have the clarity that a health service provider can provide, it is easy to identify ways to live a healthier lifestyle. There is no substitute for a medical professional's expertise and advice. The Salud Estes Park clinic, located at 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, is accepting new patients. For more information, please visit saludclinic.org. To schedule an appointment, call (970) 586-9230. At Salud Family Health Centers, we provide quality, affordable primary health care services to keep you and your family healthy. We serve all members of the community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Salud accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.

Salud Centros de Salud Familiar: es Hora de Centrarse en la Salud Cardíaca La enfermedad cardíaca es la principal causa de muerte tanto para hombres como para mujeres en los Estados Unidos. Cada año, 1 de cada 4 muertes son causadas por enfermedades cardíacas. Tanto la presión arterial alta como el colesterol alto son factores de riesgo importantes para las enfermedades cardíacas. Desafortunadamente, 1 de cada 3 adultos de EE. UU. Ya tiene presión arterial alta y / o colesterol alto, y los diagnósticos de presión arterial alta entre los jóvenes también están aumentando. Su presión arterial y niveles de colesterol se definen principalmente por elecciones de estilo de vida, pero hay algunos otros factores, como antecedentes familiares, edad, raza o sexo que están fuera de su control. Además, la diabetes también se ha relacionado con un mayor riesgo de enfermedad cardíaca. ¿Las buenas noticias? Las enfermedades cardíacas a menudo se pueden prevenir cuando las personas toman decisiones saludables y controlan sus problemas de salud. Puede hacer cambios saludables para reducir su riesgo de desarrollar una enfermedad cardíaca. Para reducir su riesgo: • Cuide su peso

• Deje de fumar y manténgase alejado del humo de segunda mano • Controle su colesterol y presión arterial • Si bebe alcohol, beba solo con moderación • Manténgase activo y coma sano Es importante conocer su riesgo de desarrollar una enfermedad cardíaca. Cuando tiene la claridad que puede brindar un proveedor de servicios de salud, es fácil identificar formas de llevar un estilo de vida más saludable. No hay sustituto para la experiencia y el consejo de un profesional médico. La clínica Salud Estes Park, ubicada en 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive, está aceptando nuevos pacientes. Para obtener más información, visite saludclinic.org. Para programar una cita, llame al (970) 586-9230. En Salud Family Health Centers, brindamos servicios de atención primaria de salud asequibles y de calidad para que usted y su familia se mantengan saludables. Servimos a todos los miembros de la comunidad sin importar el estado del seguro o la capacidad de pago. Salud acepta Medicaid, Medicare, CHP + y la mayoría de los planes de seguro privados.

One Book One Valley: Author Talk Coming To YouTube “Bring me new words when we meet again so I know the book and brain ain’t gathering dust.” — from “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” Last Saturday, the 2021 One Book One Valley culminated in a live-remote visit with bestselling author Kim Michele Richardson, joined by well over 200 readers from the Estes Valley. In an easygoing conversational style from her home in Kentucky, Richardson answered an array of questions about the writing process and the research that went into her acclaimed novel, recounting the history of the remarkable real-life “blueskin”people of Kentucky’s Appalachian hill country, and the Pack Horse Librarians of the 1930s, who rode mules and horses to deliver books—and hope— during a desperate time in a hardscrabble land. Anyone who was unable to attend last Saturday—including anyone on the waiting list—will be able to view the entire program. The video-recording will premiere on the library’s YouTube channel for a limited time—starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 5, through February 28. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org to find the direct link.

Photo by John Roberts

The library wishes to thank the generous donors to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation, who have been funding One Book One Valley since its inception in 2011. Book lovers have made special gifts, big and small, to support the project. That support funded Saturday’s author program and the availability of this year’s books. Locals and visitors also provide support through purchases at Cliffhanger Used Books. Visit estesvalleylibrary.org to learn about ways to share Library Love in 2021. Gratitude also goes to Macdonald Book Shop for supporting One Book One Valley and many author programs throughout the year. Thanks goes to the many local book clubs in the Estes Valley; many clubs read “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” as part of their regular discussion series. If you are interested in finding a book club to join— or to tell us about your group—give a call to Literary Services Librarian Cheryl Homan-Wendell at 970-5868116, ext. 823. Stay tuned later this year as plans take form for the 2022 One Book One Valley. And visit the library website, and Facebook and YouTube channels for new virtual programs premiering each week.

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Estes Park Men’s Golf Association Celebrates More Than 50 Years Of Competition & Friendship 2021 Welcoming New Members By: Drew Webb The Estes Park Men’s 18 Hole Golf Association (EPMGA) is excited to announce the celebration of more than 50 years of continuous operation. In the most recent years, the Estes Park Golf Course celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Estes Park Golf and Country Club was incorporated in 1917 with some of the most notable members of the community on its Board of Directors, including F. O. Stanley. Today the golf course is operated by the Estes Valley Park and Recreation District. During the season on every Monday morning 60+ enthusiastic and excited men (boys) between the ages of 25-95 arrive at the Estes Park Golf Course eager to place their $5 into the weekly winnings pot that will be divided amongst the most skilled and luckiest golfers at the end of the day. This ritual has taken place between the months of April and October for over 50 years. It marks the time of the year where old friends become reacquainted and new friends are made. The new golf season is approaching and everyone is focused on the month of April. This past year was a real challenge, understanding social distancing on the golf course, dealing with the frustrations of your ball bouncing off the flag stick and not being able to shake hands with your playing partners, just to name a few. Everyone certainly did their best to adapt to these unusual circumstances throughout the 2020 golf year. Thanks to everyone for staying positive through all the challenges and inconveniences and to the professionalism and expert-

ise of our management and golf professionals – Austin Logan and Aaron Tulley. The EPMGA would like to recognize the 2020 outstanding golf played by the winners of the following annual club events: Longs Peak Championship 1st-Place-Mike Cunningham and Chuck Slicker 2nd-Place-Tandy Brown and Jim Gallup Earl Faulkner Championship 1st-Place-Drew Webb 2nd-Place-John Copenhaver Net Match Play Championship 1st-Place-Josh Tracy Senior Match Play Championship 1st-Place-Jim Gallup 2nd-Place-Dwight Stanford Championship Match Play 1st-Place-Austin Logan Presidents Cup Championship White Tees 1st Place-Jerry Ballinghoff 2nd Place-Larry Nosbish 3rd Place-Josh Tracy Red Tees 1st-Place – Four Way Tie John Thorne John Micek Tom Washburn Charles Hanchett We also would like to thank our 2020 Board of Directors who guided the association through a difficult year: Russ Schneider, Ray Leaycraft, Chip Sproul, Dick Smith, John Tessler, Scott Logan & Chuck Slicker. Past President, Chuck

Slicker and Treasurer, Chip Sproul are stepping off the Board in 2021. The EPMGA thanks them for their service and welcomes new President John Tessler and Treasurer Russ Schneider for the 2021 golf season. In addition, the board elected Drew Webb and Virgil Yarbrough as new board members for the coming year. It is time to reflect on the challenges ahead, dealing with the disappointments and embracing the successes of this game with extreme highs and lows. “Golf is a lot like life, in many ways… sometimes pleasurable, sometimes miserable, often frustrating. I guess there are some who actually play just for the fun of being with friends, or enjoying being outside. But most of the golfers I know want to improve, to get better. We try everything…changing our stance, our grip…and of course, the tried (but not true) solution of buying new clubs. Then comes the really desperate, last resort…practice. To put it in golf terms, we will never be a complete golfer until we learn to deal with adversity in a positive way. So, in golf or in life, trials can be a benefit because of what it may produce if we use it to help us grow in ability to overcome and grow in character. One learns that getting old or just not very good anymore are not acceptable options. Maybe I should use a different club for that chip shot…or, maybe lay farther back on that “layup” hole. Can I really get better?” St. Andrews monthly bulletin 2020 Below is a definition of golf I found in the library of Prestwick Golf Club, the birthplace of The Open. “Golf is a sci-

ence, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself but never your subject. It is a contest, a duel or a melee, calling for skill, courage, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character. It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It means going into God’s out-of-doors getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of mental cobwebs, genuine recreation of tired tissues. It is a cure for care, an antidote to worry. It includes, companionship with friends, social intercourse, opportunities for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent. It promotes not only physical health, but moral force.” Unknown- 1860 Is there any other sport where we endure such prolonged pain and anguish for such fleeting moments of pleasure? Golf is a quest for the unattainable, an impossible battle to control body, mind and soul. Golf truly is great. Estes Park Men’s Golf Association would like to invite new members to join us for the 2021 golf season. There is an exciting schedule of events already planned for the upcoming year. For more details, please contact John Tessler at 409-504-7932 or email johntessler@hotmail.com 2021 season passes went on sale January 4th Please contact below for more information: Austin Logan, PGA Golf Operations Manager, 970-586-8146 Ext. 5, Austin@golfestes.com Aaron Tulley, Assistant Golf Operations Manager, 970-586-8146 Ext. 4, Aaron@golfestes.com

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Eco-Sense An Electric Future By: Judi Smith

The 2021 year should prove more productive for those individuals interested in preserving – protecting – restoring the environment. President Obama, who took the deterioration of our planet seriously, helped to create the Paris Accord, a world-wide endeavor to prolong the life of our planet. President Trump pulled us out of that agreement, severing the relationship Nov 4, 2020 (no other country has ever withdrawn). On January 20, 2021, President Biden rejoined this group of 195 nations (only Turkey, Iran, Eritrea, Iraq, South Sudan, Libya and Yemen do not participate). Similarly, over Barack Obama’s eight years in office, some restrictions were placed on the depletion of natural resources. Donald Trump reversed most of these and opened more federal lands to oil and gas drilling by increasing available leases. Between the election 2020 and inauguration 2021 monthly lease purchases doubled. This necessitated the current moratorium on leases that allows time to study and formulate a plan for the future. Not all of these leases are active wells yet. Leases merely reserve the right to drill, thereby restricting the ability to set future limitations. Once the lease is signed, there is no necessity to drill until demand exceeds current supply. 53% of all oil leases on federal land are not yet in production along with 77% of those offshore. The moratorium cannot affect these contracts. An additional 92.4 million acres offered for lease have not been accepted and therefore are subject to the moratorium. Petroleum is a finite resource and its current depletion far exceeds any possible renewal. It cannot last forever. This makes it very valuable: financially, of course, but consider the cost, to future generations, of inconsequential use. Currently, “gas and oil” heats our homes and operates our transportation system. While we are work-

ing on viable substitutions for those uses, there is another realm to consider. Petroleum is also extracted to become, as plastic, certain products which require its lightweight, indestructible, waterproof properties. Is the immediate convenience of single use packaging or straws, plasticware, and plastic coated paper worth facing a world without when we have consumed the existing? Other aspects of the Executive Orders from Wednesday, January 27th include a legitimizing the climate crisis as an essential element of U. S. foreign policy and national security considerations, creating a National Climate Task Force, and appointing a Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. These endeavors propose setting a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and devising a new plan for climate resistant infrastructure, creating American jobs, and retraining individuals in need of employment. Most of all, it establishes scientific integrity and evidence based policies. The oil and gas industry, of course, believes U.S. citizens are not up to the task of redirecting our energy purchases. They appear confident that U.S. households will simply continue our current buying habits, even when renewable options are, in the long run, less expensive than further depletion of oil and gas reserves. Interestingly, the business world is, gradually, embracing the coming changes. All major car companies have proposed new electric models, but the most significant development is the General Motors announcement of the phase-out of gasoline and diesel powered passenger cars by 2035. They are constructing a plant dedicated to building new batteries (extended range and lower prices), and they are designing 30 models of electric vehicles, beginning with a 2022 Hummer pickup. Our world is changing. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.com.

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Taskforce Believes There WAS A Viable Answer To Keep Living Center In EP To The Editor: It is likely that by the time this letter is published, the Estes Park Health Board of Directors will have formally initiated the process of closing Estes Park Living Center, the town’s only skilled nursing facility. An initial reading of the Board’s proposal, with public comment in two minute intervals, was conducted last Tuesday, January 26th. In this meeting, the Board repeated what it has stated in numerous press releases, “A financially viable approach to keeping the Living Center in operation has not been identified.” This is a statement of opinion, not of fact. When the Board’s desire to close the Living Center first came to light, a small group of townsfolk, alarmed at the potential loss of the Living Center, formed a Taskforce to see if something could be done to save it. It was a complicated issue which required a thorough financial review, an understanding of senior care trends, expected population growth, government sponsored senior health programs, and federal corona virus relief. To assist in this effort, the Taskforce hired a former Estes Park Hospital Chief Financial Officer to work with us. The Taskforce also vetted its work with an existing skilled nursing facility operator in Fort Collins. After months of work, the Taskforce developed a full financial framework that would have created a financially vi-

able Living Center capable of providing the quality care our community has come to expect. A Living Center still physically connected to, yet organizationally and financially separate from the Hospital district. So, contrary to the Board’s statement, a financially viable approach had been identified. It’s just that the Board didn’t agree with the framework. Essentially, it came down to the opinions of the current CFO, supported by a national consulting firm, against a past CFO and a successful Fort Collins skilled nursing facility operator. This is a passionate issue for many, particularly those who have family members at the Living Center who will now need to relocate their loved one hours away. During the January 26th meeting when the Board summarized its argument to close the Living Center, members of the Board spoke of harassment and bullying by the public. My thoughts went to the Living Center residents and whether they felt bullied by the Board. As citizens of Estes Park who respect the efforts of those who built the Hospital/Living Center complex decades ago, as well as those who have supported it since with taxes, donations, and service; we hope the Board has made the right decision and not a premature one. Ron Keas, Karen Sackett, Peggy Lynch, Wendy Schuett, Shelley Powers, Wendye Sykes, Tara Moenning, Phil Moenning and Gerald Mayo

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Merilyn Richards Abel Merilyn Richards Abel was born June 30th, 1930 in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Richards. She was preceded in death by her brother Ronald Richards and sister Betty Richards. Merilyn is survived by her husband of nearly 69 years Clifford Abel, her younger sister Virginia King and husband Merv, her two sister-in-laws Colleen Trude and her husband John, and Donna Brown and her husband Bob. She also leaves behind her daughter LeAnne Trozan and her husband Peter, sons Merl Abel and his wife Dori and Dwight Abel and his wife Kim. She has four grandchildren – Jennifer Youngs, Katrina Pound, Andy Trozan and Paul Trozan. She has four great grandchildren – Emery, Allison and Olivia Pound and Phoenix Youngs. Her extended family includes many dearly loved nieces and nephews and their families from both sides of the family. She highly valued this large family circle. For many years she opened her home in Estes as the center of many large Fourth of July family get-togethers filled with fun, food and fellowship. She had fond memories of her wholesome rural life growing up on the farm in Salina. Then in fifth grade the family moved to Kansas City and she grew to be a very gorgeous, confident woman involved in many school activities at Wyandotte High School and Kansas University. Her interest in math, working with people and the aesthetics of design led her to pursue a 5-year architectural degree, a non-traditional field for women at the time. While attending KU she met a talented young track athlete, Clifford Abel, on a blind date. They married on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952. She finished her Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture in the spring of 1953. During her years parenting three children, Merilyn found time to be actively involved in church, the YMCA, and even started up a small interior decorating business. She used her architectural training to design plans to build their own home in Overland Park, Kansas. Cliff & Merilyn served as their own contractor and they did the majority of the construction work themselves. In 1970 the family was off on another adventure, moving to California so Cliff could advance his track coaching

career to the college level. By 1974 Merilyn earned her masters in psychology, working as a school psychologist for the William S. Hart School System. Her vision of building strong comprehensive programs to meet student needs was very much appreciated. In the 80s, Merilyn helped start a learning disabilities program at Cypress Community College. She was also involved with a homemakers employment learning project at Rio Honda Community College. During the 90s she worked at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, supervising services to disabled students, tutorial programs, and a computer lab. This busy, hardworking couple also took on another huge project, designing and building a spacious home in Estes Park, Colorado all on their own, combining their love for family gatherings and their love of architecture. It was in this beautiful setting in the Colorado Rockies that Merilyn called “God’s country” where they have lived year-round for the last several years. In retirement, Merilyn kept up with technology, became involved in her church and joined a book club. She enjoyed special trips to Alaska, Hawaii and the Southeastern Seaboard with family. Merilyn passed away on January 25th and will be greatly missed. She lived a long full life, putting others first and touching many lives in her special way. The immediate family will be gathering in her honor now, and plans for a celebration of life will be announced at a later time. She will be laid to rest at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. See www.allnuttestespark.com.

Howard West Howard Duane West, 87 of Altoona, IA, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at MercyOne in Des Moines, Iowa. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Hope Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Howard was born August 12, 1933, at home in Boone County, the son of Morrel and Celia (Mickelson) West. In 1953, Howard met the love of his life at Waldorf College, Gloria Petersen, who he spent 64 years with. They were married on August 18, 1956, in Ringsted, IA. Howard graduated from Story City High School then went on to graduate from Luther College. He was an educator for 39 years at Guernsey, Keystone, Benton Community, Hubbard, and Southeast Polk schools. When he wasn’t teaching, Howard enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling. One of his favorite places was Estes Park, CO, where many memories with his children and grandchildren were made. Survivors include his wife Gloria; two children, Mark (Anne) West, Jeff (Ann Marie) West, both of Pleasant Hill, IA; six grandchildren, Ashley (Jesse) Bryan, Amanda (Josh) Jones, Jazmyn (Josh) Baker, Jordan (Haley) West, Mackenzie

(Kodi) Schroeder, and Matthew West; seven great grandchildren, Willow and Westlynn Bryan, Weston Jones, Aria and Mila Baker, Gavin and Jameson West; one sister, Ramona Holm. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brother-in-law’s, Richard Holm and Bob Petersen; and sister-in-law Virginia Petersen. In lieu of flowers, card, letters and memorials may be mailed to the family in care of Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50317. A livestream of the funeral service at the Hope Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa will be available under Howard's obituary at www.IlesCares.com beginning at 10:45 a.m. (CST) on the 6th.

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ESTES PARK SANITATION DISTRICT WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATOR The Estes Park Sanitation District is accepting applications for a Wastewater Treatment Collections Operator. The position is entry level/ trainee. The job involves the performance of skills relating to lines construction, maintenance and repair. It will also include learning skills associated with a plant operator. Starting hourly wage for the entry-level position is $19.70 per hour. The approximate annual salary is $45,000. The position includes health benefits and retirement eligibility. The starting wage may be adjusted for individuals who possess current collection classifications or other applicable skills. Applicant must be at least 18 years old, be in good physical condition, be able to lift comfortably and work with weights of at least 50 pounds, have a minimum high school education, possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license within six months of hiring date. Applicant must have dependable transportation, reside within 2030 minutes of our facility and be willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays when required. An application package can be picked up and returned to the District Office at 1201 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Contact the office at (970) 586-2866 or email the District Manager at jduell@estesparksanitation.org to make arrangements for an alternative method of receiving or returning the employment package. All applications will be kept confidential. The position will be open until filled. Estes Park Sanitation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Memories Old Time Portraits is seeking entertainment photographers for our shop in Estes Park. We are an entertainment photography business looking to provide our customers with keepsakes to document their visit to Estes Park. The photographers work with walk-in or scheduled clients or groups to choose from a variety of historically themed settings, assist them with picking out costumes and accessories and help them get ready to take fun and high-quality photographs. We offer a flexible work schedule and the opportunity to grow and develop. Long-term and seasonal positions are available. Responsibilities: Select and assemble the right equipment and choose settings and props based on the client’s wishes and the overall theme of the photo shoot. Retouch, resize and enhance images as needed using photography software. Process payments and document transactions in a retail setting. Skills and experience: Ability to use different types of equipment and photographic software. Understanding of lighting and composition typically learned in general photography experience or education. Great communication and people skills are a must! Retail experience including credit card transactions and cash handling, as well as store opening and closing. To apply, please send your resume to memoriesofestes@gmail.com. Feel free to contact us for any additional information.


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Do work that matters every day! Join the Harmony Foundation, an Estes Park drug & alcohol treatment facility, as a full-time Housekeeper. This year round position contributes directly to creating a clean and friendly environment for our clients & employees. If you are an early riser or get up a little later, we have a shift for you. Shifts are scheduled from 5:00 am to 1:30 pm or Noon to 8:30 pm. You will enjoy full-time benefits (medical, dental, & vision insurance), Paid Time Off, Paid Floating Holidays, & a 401k plan. Harmony is a tobacco free facility and pre-employment drug testing is required for candidates who are offered positions. Hourly rates begin at $15/hour. Send an email to hr@harmonyfoundationinc.com for an application.

Office Administrative Assistant Part-time February through May, 20 hours per week with potential for a long term position. Duties to include scanning, copying, filing, errands, etc. Starting pay is $18 per hour. Please email resume to Estesfinancialservices@gmail.com

QUALIFICATIONS: • High school diploma or GED • At least 18 years old and eligible to work in the U.S. • Able to pass post-offer/pre-work physical demands and lift test • Able to lift 50 pounds routinely • Willing to work hard and multi-task • Team work and reliability a must • Confidential and trustworthy SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Apply online at www.applitrack.com/estesschools/onlineapp. Only online applications accepted. Salary range is $12.60 to $14.26 with single benefits. Up to five years of similar work experience may be granted. Position is open until filled. Estes Park School District R-3 Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Transportation Office Coordinator

(Full-Time $16-18hr) High volume transportation company seeking an individual who can lead the sales of products and services offered. Including, but not limited to: shuttles services, private charter services, tour services, and wedding transportation services in and around the Estes Valley region.

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Salary Range: $24 - $33 / hour Exempt; Full Time with Benefits. Includes vacation/sick time accrual. Closing Date: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 SUMMARY: As P&O Supervisor, you’ll guide a dynamic department responsible for literacy events, ELL, early literacy services, and civic engagement partnerships. You’ll also participate in the leadership team to fulfill community priorities. MLS or MLIS required. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Review full job description and apply at www.estesvalleylibrary.org. Only online applications with cover letter and resume will be accepted. EEO.

Technical Services & Facility Supervisor

Salary Range: $24 - $33 / hour Exempt; Full Time with Benefits. Includes vacation/sick time accrual. Closing Date: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 SUMMARY: As TS & Facility Supervisor, you’ll lead a self-directed department who cares for the library’s infrastructure. You’ll also participate in the leadership team to fulfill library strategic priorities. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Review full job description and apply at www.estesvalleylibrary.org. Only online applications with cover letter and resume will be accepted. EEO.

Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE


The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for: Seasonal Positions

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Community Service Officer Close Date: March 8, 2021

Get your application at: www.albertsoncompanies.com/careers After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

Community & Family Advisory Board (4 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled Estes Park Planning Commission Close Date: Open until filled Parks Advisory Board (2 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled

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Volunteer/Committee Board Positions

We’re gearing up for the winter season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter

Front Desk Murphy's Hotels are looking for a person with excellent customer service skills and flexible hours.

Transportation Advisory Board (3 positions open) Close Date: Open until filled (Committee application required) Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or www.estes.org/ jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to HR@Estes.org or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Full-time salaried Operations & Maintenance employee needed by Windcliff HOA.

Diverse position requires basic knowledge in plumbing and electrical. Must be comfortable in operating road maintenance and snow plowing equipment. Great interpersonal communication skills are a must as well as an eagerness to learn and grow in the position. O&M staff of two requires being self motivated and independent. A set schedule of Wednesday through Saturday, but requires flexibility when weather or emergencies demand long hours. This is a salaried position with 2-weeks paid vacation. A vehicle will be provided to commute, so driving record will be evaluated. A 3% IRA match is provided. Health insurance is not available. Send resume to OPMGR1902@yahoo.com, or call 970-577-1402

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